Pastors reported to IRS for political...

Pastors reported to IRS for political sermons

There are 6 comments on the News 9 Oklahoma City story from Oct 2, 2008, titled Pastors reported to IRS for political sermons. In it, News 9 Oklahoma City reports that:

A group that promotes the separation of church and state has reported two Oklahoma City-area pastors to the Internal Revenue Service for endorsing presidential hopeful John McCain during sermons on Sunday.

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Pat Glenn

Guthrie, OK

#1 Oct 2, 2008
Lobbyists pay taxes, they can't hide behind the cloth.


Since: Oct 08


#2 Oct 2, 2008
Preach politics at the pulpit, pay taxes. Simple concept really.

United States

#3 Oct 3, 2008
way to go paul. show them what a bear is really made of

Edmond, OK

#4 Oct 3, 2008
Well, if the IRS removes tax exemption from churches, that take a stand on political issues, then that opens a large forum to remove federal funding from other non-profit groups. I.E. - allied arts, PBS, ACLU, etc.. I say go for it -- lets stop funding Allied Arts, PBS, ACLU, and Anti-American trash.

Edmond, OK

#5 Oct 3, 2008
Yeah - so much for first amendement right of free speech. Oh by the way the Constitution does not say separation of Church and state. It says that the Government can not establish a national church ( you know like England had done back when our founding fathers wrote the Constitution).

Next the individual citizen had better be careful what is said because it could be misinterpreted as political or hate speech. Wham! Bam! you are in prison or dead. It happens in other countries!!

Edmond, OK

#6 Oct 3, 2008
Wow it sounds like the IRS are in cahoots with the UN on limiting free speech. Check it out -- Critics give some recent news events as examples of how the U.N. "blasphemy resolution" has emboldened Islamic authorities and threatened Westerners.
An Afghan student is on death row for downloading an article about the role of women in Islam, also reported.

-- In December 2007 “a court reportedly sentenced two foreigners to six months in prison for allegedly marketing a book deemed offensive to Aisha, one of the Prophet Muhammad's wives,” the U.S. government said.

-- A British teacher was sentenced to 15 days in jail in Sudan for offending Islam by allowing students to name the class teddy bear Muhammad in November 2007.

-- In February 2007 in Egypt an Internet blogger was sentenced to four years in prison for writing a post that critiqued Islam.

-- In 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was murdered after the release of his documentary highlighting the abuse of Muslim women.

“It’s obviously intended to have an intimidating effect on people expressing criticism of radical Islam, and the idea that you can have a defamation of a religion like this, I think, is a concept fundamentally foreign to our system of free expression in the United States,” said former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.

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